Animal Crossing movie detailed

Web site for upcoming animated movie based on Nintendo's franchise reveals characters, plot, crew.

Nintendo's Animal Crossing franchise is unique in that it doesn't have a traditional story, there's no real beginning or end, and the main character is unique to each individual. However, those factors won't stop the game from being made into a movie. The Web site for the movie adaptation of the game has launched, and it reveals some basic details of the film.

Doubutsu No Muri (the Japanese title for the film and its game inspiration) will be released on December 16 this year and will be fully animated. Handling the directing will be Jouji Shimura, who directed the anime movie Shin Angyo Onshi, and screenwriting duties were filled by Aya Matsui (Marmalade Boy, Ranma 1/2).

According to the Web site, the movie will feature much of the spirit of the Animal Crossing games. The plot summary on the site reads: "Doubutsu (Animal) Village is a place where humans and animals live together in friendship. One day, a girl named Ai moves to the village. She gets a part time job, and gradually starts making friends in the village. Then, one night she finds a mysterious letter in a bottle on the beach. Opening the bottle, she finds the message reads 'A miracle will occur the night of the Snow Festival'..."

In addition to Ai, Kappei, the taxi driver from the games, will make an appearance. Also featured in the film will be Kotobuki, the town's mayor; Tanukichi, the raccoon shop owner; and Alberto, a mellow alligator.

There is no word yet of a North American release for the movie.

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123 comments
LukePlayer
LukePlayer

i wish it would come here...had to watch it subbed...

Tenboom
Tenboom

The AC movie is very cute and it has all the caracters either in it or mentioned.I think it would be a hit in the USA.Not everyone is enamored with violence.In fact that's why i bought the game.It has no killing and it's challenging enough to keep any hardcore gamer puzzled on how to accomplish surtain catches.

Musashi_Humar
Musashi_Humar

I've seen the movie with English subs. I liked it! It stayed true to everything in Animal Crossing! Well done!

JohnGrave
JohnGrave

oh, for the love of god! did someone already saw the trailer? this movie actually have a plot and if you dont believe me, seach it it wikipedia! and i think this is cool, a movie of a great game and the story is (im not very good at english) is touching (i think thats the word) but i know this movie, like a lot of japanese movies, its going to be a hit in japan, but if it comes to America is not going to be good at all, because we only want to see violence, sexy girls in a suit fighting aliens, some metal green guy fighting more aliens for save the world, and isnt the only thing that matters , it doesnt hurt to see something a little more cute and even get a good message instead of pure violence. (sry terribly english)

kissmybutt7
kissmybutt7

i have always thought animal crossing would make a good movie. but not animated, it should be similar to the commercials that were on when the game first came out. with the people dressed in those costumes. THAT would make a good movie. but i'm excited to see how this one turns out. they'd better have a North American release planned.

crossbow995
crossbow995

Im still want a halo movey befor this junk!!!!!!!

Gin_Tama
Gin_Tama

Pokemon with ****ed up voices.

noamatt128
noamatt128

why the **** are they making an animal crossing MOVIE! ya, doesnt make anty sense to any one.

stewiegriffin78
stewiegriffin78

I lawled. I mean, it could be alright if KK appears......

SpareJesus
SpareJesus

What the bloody Hell!? I clicked this article thinking it was an August Fool's Joke or something..but then I remembered that it's neither April, nor August..hawt damn. Nintendo, I love you..but..what in the Hell? Guy Below Me: There has already been a Metroid movie announced..and Zelda's had a TV show before, but that's not exactly the same thing. And barely anyone in the world besides the NES/old-school fans know Kid Icarus, unfortunately. =/ He's not as much of a fan-favourite as Link or Samus.

chopperlink
chopperlink

They will do AC and Pokemon movies... But no Zelda, Metroid or Kid Icarus movies.... WTF!!

elpuertorican
elpuertorican

This will be weird...ohh well, im still waiting for halo the movie

Aquacreature
Aquacreature

this could be a cool movie for hardcore animal crossing gamers (like me) or small children, but i dont think anyone else will watch it, and i mean NO ONE AT ALL

Consmiths_Angel
Consmiths_Angel

If it is actually directed by Miyamoto,I'll probably look into it.

_Sam_
_Sam_

This will probably be direct to DVD

Shingo
Shingo

*raises eyebrow*

ivan_the_one
ivan_the_one

is k.k. slider gonna show up? or better yet blanca.....^_^ or...... CALECOTH!!!!!!!0_O

T0uchmeandie
T0uchmeandie

A list of new movies: DDR Ultra mix 3 Super Smash bros. melee pikmin 2 1080 avalanche.......... nevermind they already have that......... comes with gcn game............................................................. -.- Pong Sonic riders The legend of zelda: not as good as ocarina of time

evilmonkey998
evilmonkey998

I rather see Pong the movie. Imagine it could be 2 hours of pong.

Xakk
Xakk

Hehe... Tom Nook could start a global corporation and they have to stop him from taking over the world. Anyone remember those live action animal crossing commercials? That would be interesting to see in a movie.

chicken_dude_05
chicken_dude_05

.," the world gets worse and worse every day.... btw, where is tom nook!!!!! tom nook should be in there!!!!!" He is in it!

TriforcePieces
TriforcePieces

Heh heh, that is cool. An animal Crossing movie, 'bout time!

jonathanober
jonathanober

Tanukichi, the raccoon shop owner = Nook dumbass

OfficialBed
OfficialBed

haha!....oh you better believe im seeing this!!!

Wiifanboy_4life
Wiifanboy_4life

..., the world gets worse and worse every day.... btw, where is tom nook!!!!! tom nook should be in there!!!!!

kirbymariopika
kirbymariopika

I don't know what to think... but maybe it's reverse psychology. A game that shouldn't be made into a movie is good and all those ones that should've been good stink. Animal Crossing is a blockbuster, Metroid Prime the Movie bites the dust... I can see it now...

mhder
mhder

Before the animal crossing game was made - and if we were all to hear or read about it here, we'd likely say: pfft, it's gonna suck, no plot, no point, no guns, no nothing... But millions are playing it and loving it. So the movie, put in the hands of the right people could be just as successful when made - it just won't make sense on paper. I mean they've screwed up games that could have been great movies, now maybe the opposite will work.

faridmon
faridmon

ok, do you guys know who is writing and pruducing, Jouji Shimura and Aya Matsui are well known in the Anime world they made few of the best Anime out there, so i trust them with the product, and by the way Ranma 1/2 ROCKED.

faizali86
faizali86

i have a feeling that this movie will suck. but at least its anime, so i guess weird stuff is ok and the movie might even be successful.

chrisdojo
chrisdojo

erm......you've got to be kidding me.

LordBraz
LordBraz

I can't see this movie appealing to anyone over the age of 5...the game is pretty fun, though

mhder
mhder

Well if anyone has seen a Miyazaki anime, then you know that the most outrageous thing can be a work of art.

tuddy_666
tuddy_666

I bet it'll have some really wierd plot, but it'll be fun anyway. If the monkey who runs the train station in the gamecube version is in it, then it'll rock, otherwise, the movie'll be mediocre, at best.

mhder
mhder

It could be a simple movie about living in a forest town using Animal crossing characters... The thing is, we don't really know anything about it and everyone is already calling it a bad movie. YOu expect it to be like a game.. well how many games that became movies followed the game plot 100% .. almost none. Maybe Gracie will be out to rule the fashion world and you have to kill her or something...

Jedilink109
Jedilink109

Nook ans his awesome shop better be in the movie or else I'm not seeing it!!!! And L.K Slider too!!! The movie HAS to have Nook and K.K. Slider or else it CAN'T be good!!! HAHA! :D

StonedFox324
StonedFox324

The only reason people are opposed to this is because it was originally a game. If this was just some random idea taken out of thin air, everyone wouldn't be so critical.

Iorning_board
Iorning_board

Heh... am I the only one who thought this idea was kind of cool???

nintendorocks
nintendorocks

It seems like a nice kids movie. I doubt we will see it in the US though. Only Japan can really appriciate a film like Animal Crossing.